FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Media Kit

World Chess welcomes journalists interested in covering the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series 2019!

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2019 Riga Grand Prix is a qualifying event of the 2019-2020 World Chess Championship cycle and the second event in the Series. Two winners of the Grand Prix Series will qualify to the World Chess Candidates Tournament, and eventually will have the  right to face the incumbent World Champion in the Championship Match in 2020.

Riga, the capital of Latvia, hosts the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series, for the first time.

Grand Prix Calendar

Games start at 3PM local time. The tournament is a knock-out format and will have four rounds. There will be only one winner in the tournament.

July 12

Round 1, Day 1

July 13

Round 1, Day 2

July 14

Round 1, Tie-breaks

July 15

Round 2, Day 1

July 16

Round 2, Day 2

July 17

Round 2, Tie-breaks

July 18

Round 3, Day 1

July 19

Round 3, Day 2

July 20

Round 3, Tie-breaks

July 21

Rest Day

July 22

Round 4, Day 1

July 23

Round 4, Day 2

July 24

Round 4, Tie-breaks

About the World Chess Grand Prix Seres

The new and exciting quest for the World Chess Championship crown begins with the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix, a 4-leg Series where the world’s strongest chess players will fight for two spots to the Candidates Tournament, as well as the €800,000 combined prize fund.

Each knockout tournament has 4 rounds, and each round will consist of 2 classical games and the rapid and blitz tie breaks. It’s a format where the loser of the match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament, and the winner will play another winner in the next round, until the final match-up, whose hero becomes the Grand Prix Champion.

Time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

The tiebreaks consist of two games at 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment; in case of a tie two more games at 10 minutes + 10 seconds increment; in case of another tie two more games at five minutes + three seconds increment; and if the score is still level, one sudden death game is played where White gets five minutes vs. four minutes for Black (with a two-second increment for both after move 60) with Black having draw odds.

16 of the World’s top chess players will convene in Riga for the second leg of the Grand Prix Series. Photography from each day will be available on this website. 

More details about the rules and participants is available on the Series page

List of Players Taking Part in the Riga Grand Prix 

1Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
2Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
3Anish Giri
4Wesley So
5Levon Aronian
6Alexander Grischuk
7Hikaru Nakamura
8Sergey Karjakin
9Yu Yangyi
10Peter Svidler
11Veselin Topalov
12David Navara
13Jan-Krzysztof Duda
14Pentala Harikrishna
15Nikita Vitiugov
16Daniil Dubov


Tournament will take place at National Library of Latvia. The new library building in the centre of Riga is both a spatial symbol and a functional place of cognition equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

Access to the event will be free. Accredited journalists will also have access to the media facilities.

Recommended Hotels

Riga drives Latvia’s economy, one of Europe’s fastest growing, giving it the edgy, electric appeal of a boomtown. With stunning Art Deco architecture, a vibrant night life and varied and inventive restaurants, the city’s Soviet gloom has been replaced with a sense of Baltic optimism

FIDE World Chess Grand Prix, part of the World Chess Championship cycle, gives journalists and chess fans alike to visit this amazing city and investigate its cool coffeshops and restaurants, all while enjoying chess!

Read: New York Times — 36 hours in Riga

Offiicial hotel of the event is Marriott Bonvoy

Media Team Contacts 

Anastasia Ershova
E-mail: ershova@worldchess.com
phone +7 915 322 52 72 rus